National Climate Report - February 2015
Alaska Reference Maps

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Alaska Reference Maps


In March 2015, historical data for thirteen Alaskan climate divisions were added to the nClimDiv database and will be updated each month with the CONUS nClimDiv data. This represents months of effort by, and collaboration between, scientists and professionals at the University of Alaska-Fairbanks, the National Weather Service Alaska Region, the NCDC Regional Climate Services program and NCDC scientists. Below are several maps that depict the Alaska climate divisions, areas of interest and historical stations. More information can be found at http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/news/climate-division-data-now-available-alaska

Alaska Climate Divisions

The above map shows the thirteen Alaskan climate divisions. These divisions were created using a cluster analysis technique, basing the climate division borders on stations that have similar climate variability. As with the climate divisions in the lower-48, each Alaskan climate division has its own identification (ID) associated with it. Additional information on the creation of these climate divisions can be found here: https://sites.google.com/a/alaska.edu/climatedivisions/home


Alaska Stations

The above map contains all of the potential climate stations that may feed into the data feed during a typical processing month. To be eligible for inclusion, the station must have at least 10 years of data between the years 1950-2010. There are approximately 150 COOP stations, 65 WBAN stations, 30 RAWS and SNOTEL stations that are considered for inclusion in the historical dataset. There are also three Canadian stations included.


Alaska Cities

The above map is a select list of cities across Alaska. These are not necessarily climate station locations but merely a reference map of where a city falls in relation to a respective climate division.